Data from the North Carolina Trauma Registry were analyzed to determine the effect of seat belt usage on outcome in motor vehicle accidents.
Of 6237 persons involved in motor vehicle accidents, data on seat belt usage were available for 3396.
Of these, 1916 were not and 1480 were wearing seat belts.
The mean hospital charge in belted patients was $10,500 +/$18,200; and in unbelted patients, $15,250 +/- $26,300 (p<0.001).
The total hospital charges were $23 million for the 1508 patients not wearing seat belts.
If the unbelted patients had outcomes similar to belted patients, the charges resulting from caring for the 1508 patients would have been $15.8 million, a potential savings of $7.2 million.
Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Traumatisme, Epidémiologie, Homme, Ceinture sécurité, Accident circulation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Trauma, Epidemiology, Human, Safety belt, Traffic accident
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0333327
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 199406.